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Diabetic coma causes McHenry man to crash

BULL VALLEY – A McHenry man is recovering after police said a seat belt saved his life in a crash Wednesday in Bull Valley.

Patrick McCarthy, 38, was traveling west on Country Club Road about 5:30 p.m. when he went into a diabetic coma and lost control of his vehicle, police said. The accident happened between McConnell and Robin Hill roads.

The Chevrolet work van that McCarthy was driving “took out several mailboxes” and crashed into two trees, police said. Bull Valley Police Department’s Accident Investigation Team estimated that McCarthy’s van was traveling at 60 mph. It was totaled in the accident.

McCarthy was flown to Advocate Condell Medical Center in Libertyville. Hospital officials on Thursday said he had been released.

McCarthy told police that he didn’t remember the accident or anything before, Bull Valley Police Detective Paul McNamara said, so there was no indication of where he was going.

McCarthy had to be freed from the vehicle and was wearing a seat belt.

“He’s lucky to be alive,” McNamara said.

The Flight for Life helicopter landed at nearby Loyola University Retreat and Ecology Campus.

Country Club Road was closed Wednesday for 2 hours while crews cleared the scene.

Woodstock Fire Rescue and McHenry County Sheriff’s Office also responded to the crash.

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